a positive rating for his efforts these past few days. during his re-election pause, if you call it that, mr. obama reminded americans he has presidential duties and also found a couple unlikely friends along the way, one being new jersey governor chris christie and now tonight a big one, new york mayor michael bloomberg. with both sides back to regular base, what will sandy's lasting effects be, meaning through tuesday? jeff zeleny is a national political correspondent for "the new york times," and howard fineman is the editorial director for "the huffington post" and an msnbc political analyst. let's look at new jersey governor chris christie just last night in a press conference where he continued to lavish praise on the president. let's watch. >> the president of the united states and i have now had six conversations since sunday. that shows to me a level of caring and concern and interest that i think a leader should be giving to this type of situation. this was as comfortable and relaxing an interaction as i have had with the president since i've known him, and i think it's because we'